The essential New Years Eve beauty bible

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New Year’s Eve is the last big party of the year, and here at Vanity Van we believe in going out with a bang! (Well, any excuse…) The party look for 2015 is definitely leaning towards the dramatic, so get ready for bold lips, daring eyes and statement jewellery. Here are our top tips for your fabulous New Year’s party look.

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The basis of looking good (at any time of year) is good skin. After eating, drinking and partying your way through Christmas, your skin will be as exhausted as you are. Try to spend at least a day or two between Christmas and New Year’s Eve drinking lots of water and getting an early night or two. If you can fit in a quick facial from your favourite salon, so much the better. If not, remember lots of moisturiser at bed time and at least one face mask before your big night out.


Bright lips

Bright lips are definitely having their moment with the A list. There will have been plenty of red over Christmas, but for New Year you can play around with colour a little more. Whether you suit corals, pinks or shimmery browns, have fun with it, and go for as bold a colour as you dare (we spotted frosted metallic blue on the red carpet at the Star Wars premiere – love it!)

Statement lips for new year's eve

Statement eyes

If statement eyes are more your thing, there’s plenty to choose from. Add drama to your standard “smoky” look with jewel-toned shadows (rich purples and violets are popular). Alternatively, go for lashings of mascara teamed with a simple icy shadow (Taylor Swift has perfected this look). This taylor-swiftyear coloured eyeliner is poplar too – try a bright blue or peacock green applied above and below the eye. Remember, if you go for statement eyes as well as lips, you’re in danger of looking over done, so pair dramatic eyes with understated lips.


Shapely brows

Don’t forget your brows – they always enhance your look. Have them professionally shaped if you have time; if not do them yourself after a warm shower so that the pores are open and you aren’t dragging at the delicate skin too much. When you’re doing your party makeup, brush your brows, tease out any last minute stragglers, and define them with brow powder.

Glitter time!

What better time to get away with fun nail designs than New Year’s Eve? We love this time of year as an excuse to get a bit of shimmer out, and this year gold is the clear winner. Whether it’s glittery tips, a metallic sheen or a full on sparkly black to gold ombré manicure, we say go for it.

Glitter nails for new year's eve

Statement jewels

And finally, give your jewellery some thought this year. An unadorned round neckline creates the ideal setup for a big statement necklace. A strappy dress and tousled up-do suits dangling earrings with lots of movement. Pair bold symmetrical earrings with a sleek shiny bob. Just remember, keep the focus on either earrings or a necklace. Too much of both and you’ll end up looking like your Christmas tree…

Statement necklace for new year's eve

Help is at hand

If you feel the need for professional pampering, or want to treat your staff to the latest party looks, you can always book Vanity Van to bring New Year’s Eve glam to your event. It’s a great way to thank hard working staff, or to wow guests and clients. We can tailor our treatments for hair, nails and beauty to suit your style and event. Email or call us on 07825 875210

Seeking Mobile Hair Stylists, Make up Artists and Beauticians

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Vanity Van is seeking Mobile Hair Stylists, Make up Artists and Beauticians for Events work

Vanity Van is the UK’s leading supplier of mobile beauty treatments for events. We specialise in working with event clients to create unique beauty experiences.

Vanity Van’s indoor and outdoor mobile salons feature in a diverse range of situations, including corporate events, private parties, high profile star studded music events including backstage at festivals and front of house at Glastonbury and in store retail activation’s with nationwide retailers.

We have lots of work in London and the surrounding areas and contracts UK wide where travel and accommodation where relevant is paid. The work is very varied and fun – each event is different!


We are currently seeking multi skilled therapists to work in our ever growing UK wide team. We are particularly seeking people who have a mixture of the following skills –

  • hair cuts
  • hair styling
  • make up
  • eyelashes
  • face/body art
  • nails
  • facials
  • threading
  • massage
  • eyebrows
  • wet shaving
  • moustache and beard trimming

We are also looking for team members who can teach hair and make up skills in our workship, personal trainers, yoga teachers and fashion stylists.


Once you are taken onto our books contracts are sent out to you with detailed terms and you can choose whether to apply for it. Most of the work we undertake is either a fixed rate or hourly rated  depending on the number of hours worked, your experience and length of time with the company.

For some public events such as Glastonbury we pay a commission rate and some of the celeb work is conducted for a few hours work a day in exchange for entry to the festival, some expenses and portfolio shots.

We also offer free and subsidised training for our teams and additional perks.


We are interviewing in London SE22 at our offices on the following dates. We will also be setting further UK locations in Jan/Feb so please apply even if you are unable to make the London dates. Interviews start at 10am and run for a few hours depending on your skill sets.

  • Thursday 7th January 2016
  • Saturday 16th January 2016
  • Tuesday 19th January 2016

Further briefing information about working for Vanity Van and how the interviews will work for each location will be sent with your confirmation email. We will confirm exact locations and arrangements nearer the time.

During the interviews we will conduct a briefing, one to one interviews and then trade tests to assess your skill sets. To ensure we can get everything done in the time required you will need to bring a friend/colleague or family member who is available for the same time period and is happy to have free treatments conducted on them by the interview group. If we are short of models then candidates will conduct treatments on each other and the interviewer.


In the first instance please send us an email at confirming which dates you are available and containing your email address expressing your interest so we can send you an application form and further instructions on what happens next.

Once you have been assessed we will confirm if you have been selected for interview. We look forward to working with you !


Get the perfect look this Christmas

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We love Christmas! It’s a great excuse to play with different looks and try out the latest glam hair and makeup. Here are some of our favourite festive ideas to get you looking gorgeous for the party season:

Look after your skin…

First things first: cold weather, plenty of booze and partying till dawn can wreak havoc on your skin. If you want a glowing complexion throughout the Christmas party season, invest in a really good facial. Choose one that focuses on gently removing dead and sluggish skin, and then gives your skin some deep rehydration and moisturising treatments. It’s a stress-busting treat for you, and your grateful skin will be nurtured and ready for the party onslaught.

christmas detox facial

Stay hydrated….

Keep your skin and body hydrated, and don’t forget your beauty regime no matter how tired or tipsy you are. Drink a glass of water now and again when you’re out drinking, and never go to bed with your make up still on. Always cleanse and tone, and invest in a really good oil based moisturiser for your face.

Statement red lips…

Nothing says Christmas party like red lipstick. This winter is all about dark statement lips, from festive reds to the deepest black cherry hues. Be as dark and dramatic as you dare (and use a good lip liner to avoid that smudged clown look after a few drinks…)


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Glitter extravaganza…

If there is ever a time of year when you can get away with glitter, it’s Christmas – and we love to add a bit of sparkle to the season. Luckily this year there are plenty of products around to help you find that extra shine. For a fun but sophisticated look, choose just one place to add some sparkles (you don’t want to end up looking like a Christmas tree). Choose from snow globe nail varnish, shimmering lip gloss and gold tips for your eye lashes – some of our favourites from this season.


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Party eyes…

If it’s fabulous party eyes you’re going for, choose an eye shadow colour that is multi-textured. Smokey eyes are as popular as ever this year, but instead of choosing a basic grey shadow, go for one that has flecks of green, purple or gold. For an up to date look, keep that dark colour between the crease and the lid – never any further up near the brow bone (unless you’re at an 80s party…)


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Up dos…

After several seasons of waterfall waves and loose curls, this year Christmas hair is all about the up-do. Buns and top knots are really popular, and this year the look is definitely more chic than casual. Pony tails are featuring strongly too, as are braided crowns – a trend that is likely to continue into 2016. Whatever up do you go for, team it with some cute dainty-but-sparkly hair accessories – this year’s must have.

We can help…

If you feel the need for professional pampering, or want to treat your staff to the latest party looks, you can always book Vanity Van to bring Christmas glam to your event. It’s a great way to thank hard working staff, or to wow guests and clients. We can tailor our treatments for hair, nails and beauty to suit your style and event, so book us in for a memorable festive season. Email or call us on 07825 875210

Seeking new Sales and Marketing Consultant to join the team

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Sales and marketing consultant

£20-25,000 (linked to experience) + Commission OTE £30-40,000

seeking sales and marketing consultant

Location: East Dulwich SE22

Training: Provided for in house IT systems

Position: Freelance consultant and event manager



Vanity Van is the UK’s leading supplier of mobile beauty treatments. We specialise in working with event clients to create unique beauty experiences which are tailored to their particular requirements and budget. Our team includes experienced hairstylists, makeup artists, massage therapists and multi skilled industry professionals. Vanity Van’s indoor and outdoor mobile salons feature in a diverse range of situations, including private parties, high profile star studded music events, corporate events and in store retail activations with nationwide retailers.

The business is expanding into other avenues which will be discussed during interview stage. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a growing team and help shape the future of an exciting company.

To drive our Sales & Marketing effort we are seeking an experienced Sales professional to join our team based within Vanity Van HQ in East Dulwich London SE22, over time remote working may also be considered.

This is both a proactive and reactive sales role – the right candidate will able to demonstrate their consultative sales skills, be tenacious, possess exceptional organisation skills and be target driven

Core Duties / Responsibilities

Devising the sales strategy and creating the annual sales and marketing plan

Researching and approaching new clients proactively with telemarketing and face to face meetings

Negotiating terms with event clients, closing the deal

Responding to incoming enquiries

Custodian of the client database, responsible for updates

Representing the company at trade exhibitions and events

Social media planning, inputting and support

Creating and monitoring E-shots

Managing the production of all marketing materials to including leaflets, posters, flyers, newsletters, eshots and video content

Updating and refreshing the website content using a content manager

Adhoc event management support

Providing support to the director in project discussions and problem solving

Hours and benefits

The position is full time on a freelance contract basis. Subject to a 3 month probationary period.

Office hours are Monday to Friday 9am-5pm with some out of hours support for specific event management jobs and event monitoring.

Additional benefits are being internally agreed and will be discussed at interview.

Essential Skills

  • Boundless enthusiasm
  • Advanced MS Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Attention to detail
  • Comfortable working in a busy and sometimes pressurised environment
  • Can prioritise and manage demanding a demanding workload

Desirable qualities

Conscientious and creative

– Professional and reliable

– Team player

– Good manner with clients

– Flexible

How to apply

In the first instance please send in your CV, portfolio links, contact detail and a covering email to



Black Friday Christmas events deals

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Welcome to our BLACK FRIDAY sale !


Add some GLITZ and GLAMOUR to your Christmas event or offer a much deserved pamper session to your office team or clients with our fabulous offers this Black Friday….

Over 20% OFF our normal rates !!!! – see * for T&C’s

Leave a lasting impression with our flexible beauty experiences – ensuring your guests are primped and preened and ready to hit the dance floor! 

We offer hair cuts/styling, make up, massages, nails, face/body art, threading, facials, eyelashes + much more.
For guys we have a full male treatment range including barbering, shaving, beard/moustache trims, ‘man’icures, brows, facials and massage

**Check out our fantastic last minute offers below to cater for all sizes of events UK wide**

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Small events – 2 therapists – £300

Medium events – 4 therapists + 1 manager – £650

Large events – 6 therapists + 1 manager + indoor salon – £1200

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*Terms and conditions – Offer valid until Friday 4th December 2015.

Only available on event bookings occurring between

27th November and 28th February 2016

All event packages stated include a 4 hour experience.

Only valid for new enquiries.

Treatments can be flexible dependent on your requirements.

Travel charges apply for events outside of the Greater London area.

Prices exclusive of VAT


HEV what is it and how do I protect my skin ?

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HEV what is it how do I protect my skin ?

The team recently discovered some horrific facts about how your mobile phone, laptop and ipad could be seriously damaging your skin…. So we decided to investigate !

What is HEV Light?

HEV (High Energy Visible) light is a high frequency light that is visible to the human eye. It falls within the blue/violet spectrum. HEV light occurs naturally in sunlight, but we are also exposed to it indoors, as it is created by laptops, mobile phones and other digital screens, as well as LED lights. We know a great deal about the dangers associated with exposure to ultraviolet light, but we are still learning a great deal about the effects of light on skin more generally, and in particular the dangers associated with HEV.   


What Damage Can Be Caused By HEV?

Recent research has shown that HEV may be just as damaging to the skin as UV light, although in different ways. HEV light can affect how efficiently the skin is working both in relation to its ability to heal, and how effectively it acts as a barrier. It can also cause premature aging and age spots. Unlike UV light, which causes direct damage to your DNA, HEV damages the skin by assisting in the creation of free radicals and oxidative stress. In order to maintain skin’s health, it should be shielded from HEV.


How can you protect your skin?

An easy way to protect your skin is to look for skincare and beauty products that include Melanin in the list of ingredients. It’s important to note, however, that not all types of Melanin protect against HEV light, so look for a specific statement on the product that it is effective in protecting the skin from HEV light.

The US appear to be ahead of the game in this field. Liposhield® is an ingredient for cosmetics that has been recently developed in the States. It is derived from Melanin and was specifically created to protect skin from damage caused by HEV light. When applied to the skin in, for example, a cream, it sits on the surface and acts as a barrier, preventing HEV light from penetrating the skin. Ensuring your product contains this ingredient is another way of protecting yourself.

Ingredients that work to protect skin from HEV can be found in moisturising creams, anti-aging products, sunscreens and foundation, so it is easy to incorporate their use into your daily routine.



If you want sun screen, Soap & Glory™ Make Yourself Youthful™ Sunshield Superfluid™ SPF50+ contains a specific HEV protection and is reasonably priced too.

“Skin by Marywynn” has a good range of products containing Liposhield. They are popular in the US, but a little harder to find over here. Their Total Age Corrector and Eye Serum both contain Liposhield which you can layer with their Antioxidant Defense complex for extra free-radical protection.

Vanity Vans Top tips for Winter skin care

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Winter skin care

As the weather gets colder, the key to good winter skin care is moisturising. When skin is properly hydrated it’s more efficient at locking moisture in and keeping environmental factors out, preventing chapped and flaky skin. The trick is to stick to a daily routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising, but tailor the products you use to the conditions.


Daily routine:

  • Avoid soap and harsh cleansers, and use a gentle foaming cleanser instead.
  • Steer clear of alcohol based toners, which can take too much vital oil out of the skin.
  • Use oil based moisturisers, which create a protective layer on the skin and help retain moisture. (Tip: since these take longer to absorb, it’s better to apply them every evening; it’s for this reason products that are oil based are often sold as “night creams”).

Weekly routine

  • Replacement of skin cells is slower during winter, so keep up with weekly exfoliation, but go for one that uses fruit acids and enzymes to gently lift away dead skin cells.
  • Don’t scrub at winter sensitised skin, you’ll only do more damage.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen (good quality foundations often include SPF). It may be winter, but there’s still plenty of sun, which can damage and age unprotected skin.
  • A weekly face mask is always a great way to pamper yourself – just remember to swap to one that replenishes and moisturises your skin.
  • Make sure you slaver on a good, oil based body moisturiser. We might be putting our legs away for the winter, but it’s still better to avoid that flaky crocodile skin on your shins…


Handy tips

  • Carry a good quality chapstick in your handbag. Lips can become sore very quickly on a day out when it’s windy. If you prefer to wear lipstick then choose a lip balm based colour instead of a traditional lipstick.
  • Don’t forget to look after your hands. Wear gloves outside, and moisturise daily.
  • As tempting as it is to sink into a long hot bath, try to keep the temperature down and don’t wallow for too long – hot water is much more dehydrating for the skin than cooler temperatures.

Latest trends for protection skin

If you are short on time then a multi-tasking product is ideal. Our tip for winter is the new Merumaya Everything Everywhere Oil. It’s a light moisturising oil that you can used literally anywhere, and because it’s light it absorbs very quickly. Apply to your face, hands, body, lashes and brows (Tip: mixa drop in with your foundation every morning so you can moisturise while you do your makeup).

Facials for a hen party

And remember:

If you feel in need of some pampering and professional rehydration, you can always book Vanity Van to bring the facials to your event as a thank you to staff for their hard work or to reward a client for their business. We offer everything from an express to a luxury facial tailoring to suit your skin type and condition and a multitude of other beauty treatments to wow your guests.

Male grooming tips and hints from the Vanity Van team

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Male Grooming

Male grooming is as popular as ever, and Vanity Van is always inundated with requests for pampering treatments for men at the events and festivals we attend. Below are some quick grooming tips for the boys:

The Beard Craze

Many have predicted the end of the beard craze, but it’s still going strong! We love good face hair, but remember, it needs proper maintenance. For a sleek look, follow our handy tips:

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  • Invest in a beard wash, which unlike many shampoos will not strip out all your natural oils. Wash it daily, then dry and comb it through for a sharper, less scruffy look. You can buy a beard comb to make this easier, but any sturdy comb will do. Wooden combs are the best.
  • Next, apply a good conditioning beard oil (remember, you don’t need to rinse it out). The more often you do this the softer your beard will be, and it also gives a nice sheen.
  • Do go to a good barber regularly, to maintain condition and shape – and don’t undertake a radical change of style without professional help! You can tidy up split ends and stragglers in between appointments with some good quality beard scissors.

Beard baubles

The hottest looks for 2016 will be the full beard, the tight beard and shadow or stubble. Just make sure you pick a style that suits your face shape and hair style. We hear that beard dyeing will be in too… Love it!  And check out the latest glitter beard and bauble looks for Christmas!glitter-beards_0




Wet shave

  • For smooth-cheeked gents, a luxury wet shave at your local barber is a real treat. You get a smooth, clean cut, a smart finish, and baby soft skin. The best way to recover from a big night out, pep up your skin, or indulge in some relaxation. We highly recommend them.
  • One of our luxury wet shaves includes a facial using hot towels, luxurious shave oils and creams, a massage and cologne. Our clients love them.24 - Luxury wet shaves

Beauty hints and tips

  • Whether you are clean shaven or bearded, it’s still important to maintain smooth healthy skin. To do this, avoid harsher products such as scrubs, or anything that contains alcohol. Daily moisturising is a must. Use an oil based product to form a protective layer if you tend to have dryer flaky skin, or a lighter one if you have oily patches.
  • Use a gentle exfoliator once a week to get rid of dead skin cells and brighten up sluggish skin. Take care around your eye area, and invest in a good eye cream to avoid dark circles.
  • Lots of our male clients book manicures, to keep their hands soft and well maintained. Your hands will crack easily in the cold, if they are frequently in water or if you use them a lot for manual work. Even with office based work your hands can dehydrate and age, so don’t forget to look after them regularly. A full manicure that includes a moisturising arm and hand massage is just the job.
  • Remember to keep hydrated. 8 glasses of water a day is ideal for keeping your skin looking healthy.

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If you fancy pampering your teams this winter you can book any of the above treatments with Vanity Van as a reward for staff in the office for their hard work this year, or to say thank you to clients or customers.  We provide a full range of treatments for men, and have multiple bookings over the winter season from our corporate and retail clients, such as H&M, to provide full pampering sessions for men of all ages.

All the celeb gossip and news from Vanity Vans backstage salon at Leeds festival 2015

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All the gossip and news from backstage from Leeds festival 2015

What a fabulous first day at the wonderous rock extravaganza that is Leeds and Reading festival! With only a small smattering of rain the sun has be shining down on our backstage salon and its been our busiest Friday to date!

Tending to the likes of the Years and Years, The Maccabees, The Gaslight Anthems, Black Honey and Feed the Rhino we have been fully booked for hair cuts for the boys, much needed back massages for those busy on tour and NYX makeovers to beautify the artists for their stage shows.

Rupert bassist from the Maccabees post hair cut

Everyones talking about a new festival in Paris RockenSeine which most of the acts we looked after today are working at between Leeds and Reading festivals ! Lots of jet setting around…

The Maccabees who are old Vanity Van veterans (we met them way back in 2009 at Beach break live!) Orlando the lead singer booked in for a much needed massage and Rupert the Bass guitarist popped in for his usual hair cut. They have been having a break for the last three years from the scene but stormed the stage with a vengeance – great to have them back…

The Libertines publicist just popped in and we are hoping to go down to their dressing room shortly to do some treatments – wondering what Pete Doherty will be up for !?

Frank Turners drummer was telling one of our hair dressers that Frank is considered a huge legend in his home town of Watford – they spend a lot of time there apparently and it just happened to be where our stylist Toni is from!

We had all the Coasts in Chris lead singer for massages and Ben the drummer for a massage and a hair cut – we transformed his barnet and the poor babe was telling us about a recent accident hes had which has left him with a huge scar on his head.

Izzy lead singer from Black Honey having a makeover

Black Honey were hilarious and they came bounding over from the Festival Republic stage first thing this morning to be sorted out as they had slept on the side of the road last night after being unable to find the campsite ! Izzy lead singer and guitarist was suffering from insane tent hair and we created a stunning bouffant 60’s style do and gave her a NYX makeover – she was ecstatic.


Another amazing day at the one like Leeds fest ! My god the artists were weary today…. All todays line up were at Reading last night and we hear on the grape vine Reading is where the P.A.R.T.Y is ! So many hungover weary people it was untrue. But our massages and beautifying saved the day as usual.

Busy busy day particularly for massages with Fred Durst lead singer of Limp Bizkit and Marcus Mumford lead singer of Mumford and Sons being our biggest clients of the day who were suffering from bad shoulders and necks probably from all that over exertion on stage.

Marcus Mumford lead singer of Mumford and Sons post massage

Our last visitor of the day was the lovely Dan from Bastille who came in for a hug and some goodies – no need for treatments as he was out having fun by this point.

Dan lead singer of Bastille


We bumped into regulars Wilkinson in the catering Marks singer Simon and MC Adam told us how mental the Reading crowds can be and even showed us vids from the stage the crowds were going OFF 12,000 people going mental… They have a whole live show this year with guitars, singers the works we cannot wait to see them later on tonight.

Adam and Simon from Wilkinson

Aaron guitarist from Martin LB was telling excitedly that hes off to record with the one and only Britney Spears tomo whos recording a new album – he was in love with her when he was 13…

Sydney Singer of Echo Smith post massage

Don Broco Robert lead singer and Matt drummer came in just now as they got our and pinched the last slots of the day chucking out some pretty riskay comments about what treatments we are doing…. We were fully booked for massages but we managed to squeeze in some cheeky head massages from our hairdressers instead.

Robert singer from Don Broco post head massage

Last stragglers from Friday we bumped into Deadmau5 last night having a cheeky fag outside the salon we had a little chat with him about meeting him a few years ago at Rockness when one of his friends had their nails done and he was showing us some crazy vids. His stage show was awesome the crowd went mental chanting “you what you what you what you what leeds!” it turned into a mosh pit so we had to leg it !

Jake Issac with manage Alix post massage

We had most of Misty Millers band in and had a right laugh with them talking about their experiences as band members over the years and some of the crazy things they got up to at their after parties… Misty loved her NYX goodies.

The crowds were going crazy this afternoon to All time Low and girls were fainting left right and centre and being carted off to the backstage for treatment.

Jack guitarist from All time low

Phil Bass Player from the Districts let on that he was massively star struck the other day when he bumped into Sanza from Game of Thrones at a festival the other day what a gem…
Hilarious moment of the day was bumping into Xfactors Piff the magic dragon and his dog in matching outfits – his face was a picture.

Xfactors Piff the magic dragon

Band God Damn were talking to us about the NYX face awards Emily Clayton who we met at the awards ceremony last week. She was the make up artist on their latest video and they love her work she is super talented we LOVED her two headed lady makeover that won her first prize at the awards.

Beautiful face art and Guyliner were the new trends at Leeds with all the chaps from Drenge coming into have it done – the Jack Sparrow look we like to call it. They loved our “we spotted Johnny Depp twice at Latitude but didn’t know it” story!! And we created some hilarious Kiss style rock make up with our NYX kit in honour of our rock fest


Last day at Leeds festival today gutted to be leaving the last one of the season… salon has been rammed all day great end to the weekend.

Mike lead singer from Young blood

We spotted Mike from Young Blood outside the salon and offered him a hair cut we LOVE his curly luscious locks he is sat contemplating it right now as we speak – told us hes been trying to grow it…. Fingers crossed he lets us later!

Jordan keyboardist from Bring me to the Horizon

Men of the moment Bring me to the Horizon are headlining under Metallica this year on the main stage they have had a huge rise to fame since we last saw them. Jordan their keyboardist who had a hair cut today with us joked with us as last time we were at Leeds with them we painted them as animals for their stage show. This year though they need to be taken seriously so no more tigers !

DJ Fresh
We have been pinging all over the site today visiting peeps in the other stages – we bumped into DJ Fresh at the Dance tent who is sporting an amazing new bleached ‘do’ we cut his hair a few years ago at Radio Ones Big Weekend. He would have had it trimmed with us today but he was worried his fabulous flamboyant hairdresser would be offended and shout at him for ruining his do.
Baby Metal with manager Alix

Our favourite band of the day by far were Baby Metal we want to take them home with us they are the cutest thing ever waving and giggling all over the backstage. Their dancers and band were sporting some epic scary face paint – seriously eery…

Its all about the girls here on site today with Azealia Banks headlining in the 1xtra tent and Vanity Van regular Miss Dynamite in full effect – she loves her massages and we dropped off some lush NYX goodies to them both earlier. Edgy Charlie XCX is also set to smash the Dance stage and we had her Bass player in for massaging post head banging sessions last night at Reading to Metallicas set.

Elliphant post NYX makeover and manicure then with the band after she had hairstyling too !
Swedish singer Elliphant popped in this afternoon she was an absolute hoot she was ‘waxing’ lyrical over waxing… literally ! She says that’s the only thing anyone in Sweden ever wants – they are prob way too super beautiful already!. She said she wouldn’t be showing us her *** hole today ! We gave her a manicure and a stunning NYX face art makeover. She asked us “don’t make it photo shoot make it lifestyle!”We had all of Fidlar in for massages and vocalist Zach was joking he’d already had his face art done as he was sporting a beautiful black eye… apparently falling out with the Bass player over a shower towel ! They were a right laugh and had girlee flower face art, glitter and Zac even had NYX Angel lipstick applied.

Regulars Twin Atlantic popped in to say hello they are swinging by before their set later for their usual hair cuts and massages. They have been super busy on tour feet not touched the ground in the last couple of years.

And so ends another epic season – big thank you to our utterly amazing team for wowing the artists with their creativity and amazing skills. Heres looking forward to next year already….

Many thanks

Alix and the Vanity Van team

All the celeb beauty gossip from Vanity Vans backstage salon at Latitude festival 2015

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PRESS RELEASE – Latitude festival post event report

Vanity Van featured backstage at Latitude this weekend in the 6 music dressing room village tending to all the hair, makeup and beauty needs of the artists and performers



What a weekend being the 10th edition of Latitude they pulled out all the stops with secret gigs left right and centre and a superb line up coupled with their usual eclectic mix of arts, culture, comedy and creativity that only Latitude knows how to do best.

This weekend was all about the surprise gigs and celeb spotting – the site was buzzing after late night impromptu sets from Ed Sheeran, Thom Yorke from Radio head and Snow Patrol on the uber cool Other Voices stage. Ed Sheeran was on site every night and actually out in the festival on Sunday night. Most amazing bit of goss of the weekend was our team spotting Johnny Depp bowling around the backstage yesterday sporting a sharp suit and a typical johnny hat – we didn’t stop him as we didn’t quite believe he would be here until we heard the rumours that its actually true !!!! opportunity missed 🙁

We were inundated in our backstage salon at Latitude word spread like wildfire this weekend our professional team were seriously delivering the goods and we had the artists flocking in for everything from makeovers to massages to hair cuts. Portishead and the Vaccines were some of the biggest acts to hear about our services and we had the singer, guitarist and drummer in from both bands for treatments.

Freddie guitarist of the Vaccines post hair cutPortishead with salon owner Alix post massages





Portishead                                                                    Freddie from the Vaccines

It was a lot of fun backstage the weather was been kind and its been a real family weekend backstage with lots of children running around creating havoc and nicking our haribos and crazy entourages doing head stands to dry their pedicures and did you hear about the drone???

Headline sets from Portishead with classics from Dummy drawing the crowd into a melancholy trance and Noel Gallaghers High flying birds blew the crowd away with his closing rendition of Don’t look back in anger.

This weekend we are getting creative with make up. Festival beauty looks galore experimenting and pushing the boundaries. We have teamed up with pro make up brand NYX Cosmetics and have been using their kit on the artists and press to create everything from flawless beauty looks to high impact stage make up.

Vanity van Denai having a NYX makeover

Vanity van make up Nao




         Mahalia having a makeover                                                                Nao post makeover

We crafted sugar skulls, tribal body art, drag queen stage show looks and stunning floral creations. We perfected stunning NYX makeovers for the likes of the Nao, Mahalia, Dolores Hayes and ladies of the moment French Cuban the Ibeyi twins Lisa and Naomi. 

They graced the cover of the Times on Saturday and came in for all sorts of treatments they are such different personalities with a really edgy style – Lisa is very bubbly and smiley Naomi typically sullen French but lovely none the less – they loved our NYX lipsticks and makeovers and had plaits and manicures too. They had just flown over from a gig in Dublin and hated the weather over there.Vanity van Ibeyi twins after manicures and hairstyling

Ibeyi twins post makeover and manicures with our manager Valentino

Singer Mahalia loved our products saying that NYX felt amazingly soft on the skin and raved her butter gloss finished look. Vanity van Make up MahaliaMahalia having a NYX makeover

We were as always been inundated for mens hair cuts seeing the likes of Freddie The Vaccines guitarist, Matt La Rouxs Bass player, Summer Camp, Django Django, The Districts, Soak and Black River for restyles and trims.

The furiously up and coming Years & Years were a lot of fun lounging around in our waiting room for hours Michael the bass player having very manly blow dry and the others having hair cuts and massages.54 - Years & Years hanging out in our waiting room

We had lots of laughs with La Roux and her band she was super cool effortless style in a beautiful Asian style blue two piece. This woman is stunning without a drop of make up and such epic hair.



Vanity van La Roux post massage

La Roux post massage

She was telling us about one of their techs who was in a lot of trouble for leaving her to go on stage without a micro phone…. Rooky error they planned to massively stitch him up today she had bought a oxfam style blu chiffon vintage dress from the site to make him over with us as a drag queen we are waiting with baited breath for him to be delivered to us!

They chatted about the trouble with tour buses with countless stories of bunk bed shenanigans, fun with gin and near misses on the road… They were all shattered from touring having just come from Melt festival in Belgium and had lots of luxurious massages and the bassist had a restyle.

Massage won though hands down today with the usual tour stresses and strains on the bands desperate for some relief from their aches and pains with some of them coming back twice !

JP Cooper got our invite tweet and came bounding over for a head, neck and shoulder massage he’d been travelling on trains from Bath to London yesterday carrying a couple of guitars and bags and completely done his back in – its not all stardom and fame in this game !

Vanity van JP Cooper post massage

JP Cooper with our therapist Charlotte

Hilarious point of the weekend were the band Drenge who started explaining about this new telepathic system they use to communicate on stage and proceeded to demonstrate it to us using dominos – they nailed it every time trying to work out how they duped us !

Vanity van Bryan lead singer of Stornaway having a hair cutThe guys from Stornaway were hilarious having everything from beard trims to hair cuts and they bet the keyboardist a fiver to be painted as a tiger for his set – and he was game – not sure the humiliation was worth a fiver tho…

Until next year latitude….